How to become the best tenant in the rental market
As a renter, you want to show the property manager and the landlord that you are the right person for the home that you wish to rent. So, what are the qualities that landlords are looking for in their tenants? What do you have to do to show that you are the best tenant?
Read the lease and understand its clauses
Every landlord or property manager has a lease agreement that contains all the terms and conditions of the tenancy. As a tenant, you are expected to read the lease agreement carefully and abide by its terms and conditions. A lease is a legally binding document and by signing this document you consent to all the terms noted. If you are unsure of any terms please clarify them with the property manager before you sign the agreement.
Don’t do anything without permission
If you have rented before, you should know what you can and can’t do when you are living in a rented property. If there is something that is not clearly mentioned in the lease, it is better to seek permission in writing from your property manager before you make any changes to the property.
For example, ask before painting the walls in a new color and get permission before adopting a dog or a cat. Get written permission prior to making changes. This then becomes your proof if, when you are moving out of the property, the property manager accuses you of doing something that is not in line with the rental agreement.
Pay the rent on time
Property managers and landlords love tenants who pay their rent on time without reminders. It’s easy to set up a direct debit with your bank so that the rent money is automatically deducted. It means you’ll never forget to pay your rent.
Give maintenance requests in writing
It is OK to call your property manager with maintenance, however, it is good practice to make all requests for maintenance and repairs in writing. If the repair is not completed in a timely manner you have proof of the exchange between yourself and the property manager.
The Landlords house / Your home
Take good care of the property you are renting. You may not own the house, but it is your home.